Advertisement
The Body: The Complete HIV/AIDS Resource
Follow Us Follow Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter Download Our App
Professionals >> Visit The Body PROThe Body en Espanol
   
Ask the Experts About

Mental Health and HIVMental Health and HIV
           
Rollover images to visit our other forums!
Recent AnswersAsk a Question
  
  • Email Email
  • Glossary Glossary


re: HIV in the Workplace
Mar 24, 2006

Dr. Horwath, I have to ask if your reply to the indivudual who asked about an hiv+ person can work in a doctor's office reflected your opinion or fact. Your answer indicated that they should not be involved in procedures like drawing blood. I know there are some medical procedures that should not be considered, i.e. surgery, but what, exactly, is the risk posed by a positive person drawing someone's blood?? This is the first time I have run across this bit of advice -- I am a medical technologist, although not currently working in a lab - I do plan to return some day and expect to have to draw blood as part of my duties. Thank you for your efforts here and I look forward to your reply.

Response from Dr. Horwath

Drawing blood involves handling a sharp needle and performing an invasive procedure on a patient. A person providing medical care needs to be guided by the principle of "do no harm." Although the risk to the patient is small, I don't see why a patient should be exposed to it.

To be clear, this is my opinion.



Previous
how can I leave him when he's hiv+
Next
on advarage how long has he had HIV

  
  • Email Email
  • Glossary Glossary

 Get Email Notifications When This Forum Updates or Subscribe With RSS


 
Advertisement



Q&A TERMS OF USE

This forum is designed for educational purposes only, and experts are not rendering medical, mental health, legal or other professional advice or services. If you have or suspect you may have a medical, mental health, legal or other problem that requires advice, consult your own caregiver, attorney or other qualified professional.

Experts appearing on this page are independent and are solely responsible for editing and fact-checking their material. Neither TheBody.com nor any advertiser is the publisher or speaker of posted visitors' questions or the experts' material.

Review our complete terms of use and copyright notice.

Powered by ExpertViewpoint

Advertisement